Endodontic treatment or root canal therapy has been performed on your teeth, during which the inflamed and infected pulp is removed and the inside of the teeth in cleaned, disinfected and filled with rubber like material called gutta percha.
You might feel some tenderness in the area for the following few days as your tooth and surrounding area undergoes the healing process. Some tenderness could also be the result of keeping your jaw open for a long time during the treatment. Over the Counter pain medications are usually enough to relieve these temporary symptoms. However, it is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. If narcotic medications are prescribed, you strongly advised not to operate dangerous machinery or drive a motor vehicle after taking them as these meds have the tendency to make you drowsy.
The treated tooth will feel slightly different than other teeth but, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, please contact us.
Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care
- Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
- Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
- Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
- If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact your endodontist.
Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:
- a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
- an allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
- a return of original symptoms; or
- your bite feels uneven.
Taking Care of Your Tooth
After root canal treatment, a proper final restoration is crucially important for long term survival of the tooth. After the tooth has been restored, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings. Regular recall appointment and periodic radiographs will help us keep track of the healing. If tooth becomes painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment, repeating the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any doubts or questions. Thanks for choosing Father Tobin Dentistry for your dental needs.